The Supergirl show is moving along at record speed, with CBS picking up the superhero drama for a full series commitment only weeks after it was first rumored to be in development. Now that that the show has landed a home, more specific details about what viewers can expect from the series are slowly circulating — and from the sounds of what’s been leaked so far, it looks as if the small-screen version will be deviating from the comics in at least one significant way.
Although the show has been green-lit, little is still known about the Supergirl series. The basic details that have officially been confirmed are the same that we first heard when rumors of the project started swirling earlier this month. Arrow’s Greg Berlanti was the one to pitch the show and will be executive producing alongside Chuck’s Ali Adler. Berlanti reportedly first brought the show to the CW, which is home to both of his other superhero series, Arrow and The Flash, but the network felt it didn’t fit in within their universe. CBS was then quick to scoop up the series, which has been described as “a new interpretation” of the classic superhero character.
Since the pickup, fans haven’t really gotten more information as much as they have confirmation of already rumored specifics. Most recently, the hosts of DC All Access (a property of DC Entertainment) corroborated the synopsis that was recently printed in the media with attributions to IGN, not Warner Bros. Per their description, the show will follow Kara Zor-El, “a Kryptonian girl who’s been hiding her powers here on Earth, but decides to embrace her powers, and become the hero she was always meant to be.”
Their outline seems to go hand-in-hand with the previously released unofficial synopsis, which specified even further by maintaining that the Kara Zor-El of the still-unnamed TV series would be 24 years old before she began utilizing her powers. If the descriptions match up (and it seems they do) and that really is the storyline the show plans to follow, it will mark a definite and notable departure from the character’s initial origin story.
As fans of the comics know, Kara Zor-El was first introduced in 1959 as a young girl sent to Earth in order to survive the destruction of her homeland, Argo City. On Earth, she ends up being taken under her the wing of her cousin, Superman, who mentors her and teaches her to control her superhero powers while she’s still a teenager. If the CBS show skips ahead to a more adult version of the character as described, it seems little, if any, of this original background story will be included.
So why make the change? Some are speculating that the show will skip the Superman tie-in altogether and instead focus on a more independent version of Supergirl with a storyline similar to that of her cousin’s, which shows her learning to use her powers and crafting her superhero identity. Of course, as of now, this is purely speculation. As previously stated, no official information about the show’s timeline has been confirmed just yet. Still, it seems as though fans should expect the series to be different from the comics they already know.
Either way, one thing that is certain is that taking on the show is a risky move for CBS. The Supergirl show not only marks the network’s first big superhero property, it also marks one of the only female-dominated ones to hit the small screen (ABC’s Agent Carter is expected to premiere later this season). Clearly, the network is confident enough in the project to bring it straight to an hour-long series. We’ll have to stay tuned to see if the big bet ends up paying off.
No release date for Supergirl has been released just yet, but both of Berlanti’s other superhero shows, Arrow and The Flash, premiere in October.
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